This past week, I set up a class Kidblog site for one of the fifth grade classes at my school. Both the instructor and students were excited about the possibilities of the application. I was excited that someone at New Hope was finally beginning to utilize Web 2.0 tools, and it was extremely easy to set up as you can see in the video created by Mark Barnes below. (Which means I may actually get some other teachers to try it!)
As a beginning blogger, I have been generally pleased with WordPress so far, although I have found it a bit difficult to embed some content that I wanted to include on my blog — a Voki and a cool revolving globe version of a clustermap. At this point, I still haven’t been able to embed those items and from my research it seems that this may not even be possible on a WordPress hosted blog. However, my friend’s who blog on Blogger are able to utilize those widgets. Did I choose the best blogging platform for me?
This situation started me thinking about alternative blogging sites for my classes. I like Kidblog and it seems to be working well, but what else is out there. Would Edublogs have been a better choice? Wes Fryer has been exploring this same thought with his Technology for Teachers class this fall, and he posted a great blog entry Comparing Kidblog and Edublogs. In the post, he also included screencasts on how to embed video in each application which may be helpful to my teachers as they begin to look into blogging with their students. From his post and the videos, I feel I made the right choice for my school at this time, but as my school, teachers, and students become more familiar with the technology and the applications available, I will keep alternatives in mind.